1973年的书涵盖了21世纪的多种流行元素：多线结构，作者与笔下的人物照面，插画，意识流，对不被叙述的故事的清醒意识，and so on, ETC。 当绝妙句子从这些炫目元素之间不折不挠地发出光来的时候，我相信自己当时的表情一定像个被突然抽掉电池的手机—自由意志还来不及升空就因为失去能源而跌落于茫茫。你可以说我只是继续相信了我愿相信的，因为第一个此种时刻的来临便是对童年幻想的再肯定。原以为这种幻想不过是小资的极度自恋，却原来是作为人类的我的首次自我意识，第一次和“我的上帝”之间的对话。
P14-15 Everybody on Earth was a robot, with one exception—YOU. Of all the creatures in the Universe, only YOU were thinking and feeling and worrying and planning and so on. Nobody else knew what pain was. Nobody else had any choices to make. Everybody else was a fully automatic machine, whose purpose was to stimulate YOU. YOU were a new type of creature being tested by the Creator of the Universe. Only YOU had free will.
P25 I thank those lusts for being so ridiculous, for they taught us that it was possible for a human being to believe anything, and to behave passionately in keeping with that belief—any belief. So now we can build an unselfish society by devoting to unselfishness the frenzy we once devoted to gold and to underpants.
P71 I had given him a life not worth living, but I had also given him an iron will to live. This was a common combination on the planet Earth.
P95 It sank beneath MY weight. It dropped ME to well below street level, then slowly brought ME only part way up again. I was in a shallow, rubbery dimple. I took another step in the direction of MY GOAL. I sank down again, came up again, and stood in a brand new dimple.
P112-113 When I presented myself to YOU so ridiculously, every molecule in MY body awaited YOUR reaction. Each molecule ceased its business for a moment, put some distance between itself and its neighbors. Each molecule waited to learn whether its galaxy, which was called ME, would or would not be dissolved.
P166 I couldn't help wondering if that was what God put me on the Earth for—to find out how much a man could take without breaking.
P209 You know what truth is? It’s some crazy thing my neighbor believes. If I want to make friends with him, I ask him what he believes. He tells me, and I say, “yeah, yeah—ain’t it the truth?”
P253 Some persons seem to like you, and others seem to hate you, and you must wonder why. They are simply liking machines and hating machines. Of course it is exhausting, having to reason all the time in a universe which wasn't meant to be reasonable.